- a meeting or conference for the discussion of some subject, especially a meeting at which several speakers talk on or discuss a topic before an audience.
- a collection of opinions expressed or articles contributed by several persons on a given subject or topic.
- an account of a discussion meeting or of the conversation at it.
- (in ancient Greece and Rome) a convivial meeting, usually following a dinner, for drinking and intellectual conversation.
- (initial capital letter, italics) a philosophical dialogue (4th century b.c.) by Plato, dealing with ideal love and the vision of absolute beauty.
Origin of symposium
Related Words for symposiumforum, discussion, convention, meeting, seminar, huddle, parley, powwow, colloquium, talk, gabfest
Examples from the Web for symposium
Contemporary Examples of symposium
Wiliam addressed a symposium of leading conservationists gathered by his United For Wildlife charity.William's Hunting Trip Timing Was 'Unfortunate"
February 13, 2014
One such add-on, Zerocoin, debuted at a San Francisco symposium in May.The Government’s Perilous Bitcoin Chase
July 25, 2013
Two of the events, nearly ten percent of this symposium, perpetuate the lie that Zionism is racism.Remaking Martin Luther King As Anti-Zionist
January 18, 2013
Tomorrow morning, Democracy and CFED are hosting an even at CFED's offices to discuss the issues raised in the symposium.The Forgotten 40 Percent
November 26, 2012
Historical Examples of symposium
There are no means of determining the relative order in time of the Phaedrus, Symposium, Phaedo.
The Phaedo also presents some points of comparison with the Symposium.
Yet this 'passion of the reason' is the theme of the Symposium of Plato.
The Symposium cannot therefore be regarded as a youthful work.
The Symposium may be observed to resemble as well as to differ from the Phaedo.Phaedo
- a conference or meeting for the discussion of some subject, esp an academic topic or social problem
- a collection of scholarly contributions, usually published together, on a given subject
- (in classical Greece) a drinking party with intellectual conversation, music, etc
Word Origin for symposium
Word Origin and History for symposium
1580s, "account of a gathering or party," from Latin symposium "drinking party, symposium," from Greek symposion "convivial gathering of the educated" (related to sympotes "drinking companion"), from syn- "together" (see syn-) + posis "a drinking," from a stem of Aeolic ponen "to drink," cognate with Latin potare "to drink" (see potion). The sense of "meeting on some subject" is from 1784. Reflecting the Greek fondness for mixing wine and intellectual discussion, the modern sense is especially from the word being used as a title for one of Plato's dialogues. Greek plural is symposia, and the leader of one is a symposiarch (c.1600 in English).